Commissionaires Blog

Welcome to Commissionaires’ blog! As a leading security provider and Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans, we’ll keep you up-to-date on security industry news, security tips and techniques, and profiles of our team members.

Epilepsy Awareness Day - what to do if someone is experiencing an epileptic episode

March 23, 2018

March 26 is Epilepsy Awareness Day—otherwise known as “Purple Day.” People across the country sport the colour purple to inspire conversations about epilepsy. This made us wonder how many people really know what to do if they witness an epileptic episode?

Beyond Service: Ottawa Division's Susan Godden

March 8, 2018

During her 17 years of service, Susan Godden participated in two UN peacekeeping missions as a signaller. Although extremely proud of her deployments in Croatia and Haiti, her experience in Haiti has particular meaning for Susan because she shared that experience with her father, who was on deployment as a liaison officer. Her father also swore her in to the regular force.

Susan is now a Security Clearance Administrator with our Ottawa Division.

Thank you for your service, Susan. And have a happy International Women's Day.

"It’s more than black or white history, it's world history."

February 28, 2018

Today is the last day of Black History Month. It originated in America in 1926 as “Negro History Week,” and was first recognized in Canada in 1950. It is now recognized across North America and the United Kingdom.

Matthew Berard from our Southern Alberta Division spoke with Commissionaires Contract Supervisor Greg Amey about Black History Month. Greg is a dedicated father, pastor, commissionaire, and American who has made Canada his new home. He shared his insight on the importance of recognizing and celebrating Black heritage, in both countries.

Commissionaire Spotlight: Christine (Chris) Belliveau

February 13, 2018

We have the privilege of working with individuals committed to their community, the safety and security of those around them, and the federation as a whole. Among them, many demonstrate exemplary commitment to their post. However, it’s not often someone has the opportunity to demonstrate exemplary commitment in their post for 20 years.  

Rodney McAlpine to receive Medal for Bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association

February 7, 2018
Original posting date: November 21, 2017

The Royal Canadian Humane Association, Canada’s Bravery Awards Association, has awarded Rodney McAlpine of Great Lakes Division with the Bronze Medal for Bravery. The medal is to be awarded to Rodney for performing an act of bravery in hazardous circumstances, detailed below.

CNS celebrates 80th Anniversary of protecting Nova Scotians

January 24, 2018

On this day in 1938, our Nova Scotia Division opened it's doors for business. Here are eight fun-facts to commemorate it's 80th birthday:  

Attention to detail and quick thinking go a long way

January 23, 2018

Wednesday January 10, 2018 was a momentous day for the City of Saskatoon and North Saskatchewan Division. That day, The New York Times included Saskatoon on its list of 52 places to visit in 2018. A pleasant surprise to many locals, who have been experiencing severe cold weather conditions wreaking havoc on their infrastructure.

Commissionaire receives Edmonton Police Service Dempsey Award

January 18, 2018

Terry Eisenmenger, a Northern Alberta Division commissionaire and Peace Officer, received the prestigious Edmonton Police Service Dempsey Award on December 11, 2017. This award is presented to sworn, civilian and contract employees who have gone beyond their regular duties to make EPS a more effective force. Terry works in the EPS Southeast Division cell block. 

Quebec communities lean on Commissionaires expertise

January 11, 2018

Our social mandate to hire veterans of the CAF, RCMP and police forces across the country means most of our federation’s leaders are veterans. As a result, we are often contacted by the media to provide insight on security-related issues in our communities.

Claude Vigneault, the newly appointed Vice-President Consulting Services with our Quebec Division, was interviewed by Radio-Canada for his expertise in private investigation this week.

Commissionaires lend a hand to communities across Canada

December 14, 2017

With the kickoff to the holidays just days away, it’s common for our focus to be on gift-giving, and at times missing the spirit of the season: the greatest gift of all is giving of oneself and one’s time.

In that spirit, we’re shining the spotlight on some commissionaires across the country who do great things in their communities.

Victoria, the Islands and Yukon

The Divisional Office Staff is putting together a Christmas Food Hamper in partnership with the Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School for a family in need.

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